Sensors & Detectors for VR & Medical Uses


‪VR headsets & controllers, medical devices, the Mars Rover, and autonomous vehicles... what do they all have in common? Sensors!‬

This week's Health Systems Chat in Social VR occurs during Sensors Expo & Conference and Medical Sensors Design Conference, both in San Jose. Let's talk about sensors, AKA transducers or detectors, tiny little devices detecting physical quantities and transmitting signals. We will speak of sensors generally (terminology, high-level how they work), sensors most important to virtual reality (eg. motion & orientation), and, finally, a bit about medical sensors.

Bring your questions and ideas for improving virtual reality and healthcare!

PS Our chat will occur on Mars! Next to the Mars 2020 rover. Why? Well, because social VR... and because the rover is absolutely jam-packed with cool sensors. They are used to help navigate and keep the rover safe, as well as send signals back to Earth to help plan for future (hu)manned missions to Mars. Just think, we'll be able to experience those missions via telepresence and virtual reality! There's even an autonomous vehicle angle. The Mars 2020 Rover will carry an autonomous helicopter (see link below).



Medical Sensors Design Conference 2018: Adapting Sensors To Individual Needs | Sensors Magazine

How do sensors work? - Quora

Medical Sensors Design Conference and Sensors Expo: Interview w/ Bunny Ellerin

To See a World in a Grain of SAND

Sensors | Special Issue : Microfluidic Sensors

Sensors | Special Issue : Microfluidic Sensors and Control Devices

Sensors Speaker: Steven LeBoeuf, Ph.D., President & Founder, Valencell

Mars Rover Links

Mars 2020 Rover Instruments

Ever Wish You Had a Backup Brain? The Mars Rover Has One

Baby You Can Drive My Rover

Designing the path planning algorithm for Mars2020

Misc. Links

Active vs Passive Buzzers

Accelerometer Hookup Guide

Multi-purpose electrochemical sensors preview the future of fitness and medical wearables

NASA's Mars 2020 Will Blaze a Trail - for Humans

NASA is sending an autonomous helicopter to Mars in 2020 | New Scientist

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